I’m what you might call an Apple Hipster. I was using the Macintosh and Apple IIe before they were cool. The various companies that I’ve worked for over the last decade and a half converted me to be a PC guy, but definitely not by choice. That’s why it was a surprise to those who know me when I bought a G1, the first official Android phone, back in 2008.
I was trying to be smart. I compared the specs. I went so far as to put it head to head with an iPhone to see which was more responsive, which was faster browsing, and which seemed to have the brighter future. The Apple won by a very small margin but I was already with T-Mobile and it wasn’t enough of a difference to switch carriers, so I went home and started to play with my shiny new Android device.
Fast forward 5 Android smartphones later and for the first time since my mobile computer life began I’m facing a decision. Do I finally relent and get an iPhone 5 when it comes out? Do I go with one of the slick new Androids like the Galaxy S III (never had a Galaxy)? I was planning on going over the specs, grinding through comparisons, and making an informed decision as any self-proclaimed geek should.
Then, something happened. I saw a friend using a Windows 7 phone. Like when I’m watching a trailer for a movie that I decide half-way through I’m going to watch, I stop my friend from showing me any more. I’m in. It’s not that the features are any better (though the interface is pretty slick). It’s that I enjoyed the little that I saw and felt that this may just be the phone for me.
I’m not going to go into specs. I’m making a lifestyle choice for my next phone. I don’t want to be an Apple cult follower. I don’t want to be part of the Android sheep, either. I want to be a Windows Phone guy. It’s not the advertisements. It’s definitely not the peer pressure (I only know one person with a Windows Phone). It’s the symbolism that the company represents. They’re the underdog. They have what many consider to be a formidable product and their app store is perfectly big enough for me. As a result, I’m officially going to be carrying around a Windows 8 phone.
When do they come out again?
- Mobile OS Madness Ahead In June (informationweek.com)
- Apple’s Siri says the iPhone is not the best smartphone (examiner.com)
- Wozniak: Windows Phone Apps Are ‘Much More Beautiful’ Than Those on Android, iPhone !!! (emmageraln.com)
- Apple Siri’s Recommending Nokia? Then Nokia’s Recommending Android & iPhone, I Guess (searchengineland.com)
- The Wrap: Samsung Omnia M, sunny Lumia news, et tu Siri? (windowsteamblog.com)
- Apple co-founder picks Windows Phone over Android (bgr.com)